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What You Should Know about Chinese Herbal Therapy
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Jamie Starkey, LAc

  • Wellness Institute
  • Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Cleveland Clinc

Galina Roofener, LAc

  • Wellness Institute
  • Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Cleveland Clinic

Chinese herbal medicine is a major part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used for centuries in China, where herbs are considered fundamental therapy for many acute and chronic conditions. Like acupuncture, Chinese herbs can address unhealthy body patterns that manifest in a variety of symptoms and complaints. Chinese herbal therapy aims to help you regain balance in your body and to strengthen your body’s resistance to disease. Join us as our experts discuss this therapy, what conditions it can treat, and what to expect during Chinese Herbal Therapy sessions.

Chinese herbs may be used to:

• Decrease cold/flu symptoms
• Increase your energy
• Improve your breathing continued
• Improve digestion
• Improve your sleep
• Decrease pain
• Improve menopausal symptoms
• Help regulate menstrual cycles if infertility is an issue

Chinese herbal therapy can also be a valuable additional therapy following cancer treatment to aid the body’s recovery from the after-effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation. Chinese herbs are useful in rehabilitation for other chronic diseases too.

Chinese herbal therapy may be recommended when:

• You have multiple symptoms or they are hard to pinpoint
• You’ve exhausted traditional medical options and nothing seems to help
• You need therapy to counteract side effects of prescribed medication
• You are interested in preventive treatment

About the Speakers
Jamie Starkey, LAc is the lead acupuncturist at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine. She earned a Bachelors degree in Biology, University of Toledo, and a Masters level degree in Acupuncture, American Institute of Alternative Medicine. She further enhanced her clinical training by completing a Clinical Internship at Guang AnMen Hospital in Beijing China, Acupuncture and Moxibustion Outpatient Department, an affiliate of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a Diplomate of Acupuncture, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and holds her acupuncture license from the Ohio State Medical Board. Additionally, she is a Level II Reiki Practitioner. Jamie has served as the Secretary of Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) 12/06-12/08 and a member Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) 12/05-Present.

Galina V. Roofener, LAc is a Nationally Board Certified, Ohio & Florida States Licensed Acupuncturist. She has over 24 years of experience in health care, including 10 years of work in a hospital rehabilitation department with challenging, multi-diagnosed patients.
Galina received her Degree in Oriental Medicine from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, FL; Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Trinity College of Natural Health. Warsaw IL; studied towards Bachelor of Art of Education in Klaipeda, Lithuania; Nursing Degree from Medical College #3 St. Petersburg, Russia. Over the years she received multiple Certifications in various modalities of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

To make an appointment with Ms. Starkey or Ms. Roofener or any of the other specialists in our Center for Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, please call 216.986.HEAL (4325). You can also visit us online at clevelandclinic.org/integrativemedicine

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